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Height to withers and abdominal circumference effects on diets of grazing goats

By M. Mellado, A. Rodriguez, J. A. Villarreal, R. Lopez

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Diet selection in an arid rangeland of northern Mexico by short (height to withers <71 cm) and tall (>77 cm) multiparous non-pregnant, non-lactating does and the diets of multiparous non-pregnant, non-lactating does with reduced (<92 cm) and large (>101 cm) abdominal circumference is described from microhistological analysis of fecal samples. In the rainy season tall goats tended to rely more heavily (P<0.10) on shrubs than short goats (71.4% versus 63.3%), but in the dry season the diet of both groups of goats contained equal amounts of shrubs. The proportion of forbs in the goats' diet did not vary between stature groups in either season, but during the rainy season short goats selected more (P<0.05) grasses (7.5% versus 2.0

Date 2004
Publication Title Applied Animal Behaviour Science
Volume 88
Issue 3/4
Pages 263-274
ISBN/ISSN 0168-1591
Language English
Author Address Department of Nutrition and Feeds, University Autonoma Agraria Antonio Narro, Saltillo 25315, Mexico. mmellbosq@yahoo.com
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  1. Animal anatomy
  2. Animal behavior
  3. Animal nutrition
  4. Developed countries
  5. Diets
  6. Feces
  7. Feeding behavior
  8. Feed preferences
  9. Female animals
  10. Foraging
  11. Goats
  12. Grazing
  13. Height
  14. Latin America
  15. Mammals
  16. Mexico
  17. morphology
  18. North America
  19. OECD countries
  20. Pasturing
  21. peer-reviewed
  22. Plants
  23. rain
  24. Threshold Countries
  25. United States of America
  26. wet season
  27. withers
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